Posted on February 23, 2008, William Obama Sees Gamers As Underachievers?
Numerous articles have been all over the web this past week claiming that Obama sees gamers as underachievers. Unfortunately, I believe that many sites have tried to take more out of one of his statements than was actually there. Here’s the quote used to support the idea that he is against gamers:
“I know how hard it will be to alleviate poverty that has built up over centuries, how hard it will be to fix schools, because changing our schools will require not just money, but a change in attitudes.
We’re going to have to parent better, and turn off the television set, and put the video games away, and instill a sense of excellence in our children, and that’s going to take some time.”
I’m not sure how you can use this as an example to prove he’s against games. If you look at all of the presidential candidates, Obama is probably the best bet when it comes to supporting media and individual rights. He is a Constitutional scholar and has a good track record when it comes to defending freedoms we deserve in this country. I feel his statement was simply using television and games as an example. I also believe that we need to parent better and instill a sense of excellence in our children. They do need to learn that there’s a time to play games and watch television, yet there’s a time to do other more important things. The same basic article has appeared on numerous game sites and I think we all need to step back and evaluate things a little deeper before jumping on the defensive.